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Bar News - March 23, 2007

In Memoriam


Martin F. Loughlin


Hon. Martin F. Loughlin died at his home in Manchester on March 7, 2007. Loughlin was a 1947 graduate of St. Anselm College and of Suffolk University Law School in 1951. A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.


Judge Loughlin joined the NH Bar in 1952 and began his law career with Conrad Danais. He later partnered with James Broderick and in 1963 was appointed to the NH Superior Court, of which he became chief justice 1978. In May of 1979 he was appointed to the Federal District Court. Retiring from the court in 1995, he returned to private practice as counsel for Nixon, Raiche & Manning in Manchester.


Active in his community, Loughlin was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church and a member of the Sweeney Post American Legion VFW and the Raphael Club.


Loughlin was also a former instructor at St. Anselm College and at Franklin Pierce Law Center. He was a member of the American Bar Association and the Manchester Bar Association and served on the New Hampshire Crime Commission (1977-79); he was also chair of the Superior Court Sentence Review Division (1975-79).


Described as a compassionate and caring person, Loughlin was also known for his great sense of humor. One of the stories he was fond of telling involved a case in Coos County concerning the theft of bottles of liquor from a local club. The jury was quiet during deliberations but gradually became quite “exuberant.” Finally, a mistrial was called because it was discovered that members of the jury had been sampling some of the evidence.


Loughlin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Gallagher Loughlin, a son, six daughters and 12 grandchildren.


Theodore Wadleigh


Theodore Wadleigh of Wadleigh Law Firm in Manchester died on Feb. 17, 2007 in Naples, Fla. after a brief illness.


Attorney Wadleigh was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School, receiving his law degree and joining the NH Bar in 1959. He practiced at Wadleigh, Starr & Peters for many years, taking part in a multitude of worthy projects and being especially active in pro bono work. In community affairs, he was also very active, acting as trustee for several charitable organizations; he was especially prominent in the Manchester Boys’ & Girls’ Club.


He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Karlene Neville Wadleigh, and his three daughters and his granddaughter.


Gail P. Williamson


Gail P. Williamson, formerly of Concord, died Feb. 6, 2007 at her home in So. Berwick, Maine. She was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and earned her law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1988. She joined the NH Bar that same year.


Attorney Williamson worked as a social worker for the Dept. of Health and Human Services. She also worked for the State Employees Association of NH, SEIU 1984. She leaves behind her sister Robin Williamson McBrearty of Concord and her nephew Kevin McBrearty.


On behalf of our colleagues Martin Loughlin, Theodore Wadleigh and Gail Williamson the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.



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